THE YIDDISH BOOK CENTER'S
Wexler Oral History Project

A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.

What's In a Name: Menke Katz on Changing Names and Changing Destinies

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  • Troim Katz Handler, daughter of Yiddish poet Menke Katz, speaks of her father's concern that she not change her name for fear that, as the Kabbalah says, she change her destiny as well.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Troim Katz Handler.

This excerpt is in English.

This interview is part of the series.

About the Wexler Oral History Project

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Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.

Tell Us Your Story

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?